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The Color of Compromise: Audio Lectures

The Truth About the American Church's Complicity in Racism
Narrated by: Jemar Tisby
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: History, American

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The Zondervan Biblical and Theological Lectures series provides a unique audio learning experience. Unlike a traditional audiobook's direct narration of a book's text, Color of Compromise: Audio Lectures includes high quality live-recordings of college-level lectures that cover the important points from each subject as well as relevant material from other sources.

In August of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, calling on all Americans to view others not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Yet King included another powerful word, one that is often overlooked. Warning against the "tranquilizing drug of gradualism", King emphasized the fierce urgency of now, the need to resist the status quo and take immediate action.

King's call to action, first issued over 50 years ago, is relevant for the church in America today. Churches remain racially segregated and are largely ineffective in addressing complex racial challenges. In The Color of Compromise: Audio Lectures, Jemar Tisby takes us back to the root of this injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables we have to flip in order to bring about progress between black and white people.

Tisby provides a unique survey of American Christianity's racial past, revealing the concrete and chilling ways people of faith have worked against racial justice. Understanding our racial history sets the stage for solutions, but until we understand the depth of the malady we won't fully embrace the aggressive treatment it requires. Given the centuries of Christian compromise with bigotry, believers today must be prepared to tear down old structures and build up new ones. These audio lectures provide an in-depth diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people. 

©2019 Jemar Tisby (P)2019 Zondervan

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  • 09-02-20

This is the audio track of a video series

I think the Color of Compromise is a five-star book and I very much recommend it. I have now picked up two of this Zondervan lecture series (the Michael Bird and NT Wright the New Testament in its World was the other).

The problem isn't the context in general, but that these are designed as video lectures. They are on-site at different locations or they have visuals to go with what they are saying. And these are literally just the audio track of those video lectures. In some cases where the lecture is on-site, there is background noise which makes sense with the video, but not as an audio lecture.

In both cases, I recommend the content, but I also just recommend buying the video lecture not doing the audio. I will not buy any more of these video lectures.